Castles of Greece


Agios Nikolaos, Zakynthos, Ionian islands

Vardiola of Agios Nikolaos

or Vardiola of Agios Nikolaos in Volima  
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Vardiola of Agios Nikolaos
Islet of Agios Nikolaos at the north-eastern coast of Zakynthos
Region > Prefecture:   Greek Map
Ionian islands
Municipality > Town:
City of Zakynthos
• Agios Nikolaos
Elevation ≈ 8 m 
Time of Construction   Origin
17th century or later  
Castle Type   Condition
Rather Poor

On the little island in the bay with the same name of north-eastern Zakyntos, there are remains of a church and a monastery dated back to the early-Christian period.
Among the ruins there are the remains of a Venetian Vardiola (watchtower). The tower is at the top of the rock and haw an unusual layout: circular with a protrusion at the east side.


  • Website O MATERMA MIA TERRA - O ναός του Αγίου Νικολάου στο Νησί (Greek only, but with pics mainly)
  • Μυλωνάς Βασίλειος, Κομίνης Αντώνιος, Δουλδούρης Βασίλειος , «ΒΙΓΛΕΣ ΣΤΟ ΝΗΣΙΩΤΙΚΟ ΕΛΛΑΔΙΚΟ ΧΩΡΟ (ΙΟΝΙΟ) , ΒΙΓΛΕΣ-ΒΑΡΔΙΟΛΕΣ ΖΑΚΥΝΘΟΥ», Πτυχιακή εργασία ΤΕΙ Πειραιά, Τμήμα Πολιτικών και Δομικών Έργων, available also online

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Road map to Vardiola of Agios Nikolaos

Approach to the monument:
Visit is possible only by boat from the village of Agios Nikolaos
Free access

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